2021 was the year the world took responsibility for net zero. COP 26 saw over 80 countries agree to emissions targets that will make a massive difference to the world’s current climate, but now it is time for those countries to take ownership.
2022 should be the year for action now countries have agreed on their net zero goals. We have identified five key steps we believe the UK government needs to take to meet our targets.
Define net zero: Businesses need to know what net zero means for them, and the impact inaction will have on them. They also need to have a clear understanding of the three scopes making up carbon emissions and contributing factors to these if they are going to decarbonise..
The UK, for example, have said they will reach net zero by 2050, which is the latest countries can achieve this, but this gives us enough time to make sure that we can hit net zero. The first announcement in how we will accomplish this was that carbon emissions will be slashed by 78% by 2035, which is the world’s most ambitious target. The UK has announced it will reach this through new technologies and green innovation.
Other countries, including major emitters like China, Canada, India, Japan, and Brazil, have communicated a net zero target but haven’t yet provided full details on the scope of their ambition. This will need to be announced so that everyone can get behind the targets, which leads to our next point, modelling the pathway to encourage action.
Model the pathway: Countries such as Costa Rica and the United States of America have published analysis on mitigation opportunities and potential pathways to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, encouraging the parties involved to make a change. Net zero is a complex problem and without guidance businesses will struggle to implement changes if they do not have a clear path to follow.
Businesses and the public play a vital part in countries net zero journey, for example, if a country, like the UK, agrees to slash emissions by a deadline, the public and businesses will have to actively support this by looking into their own carbon footprint and planning a data-backed plan to reduce their impact.
Set milestones: Countries setting milestones will enable people and businesses to see that the journey to net zero is about taking manageable steps rather than trying to make one big leap. For example, a commitment to producing 100% renewable-generated power by 2030, a target that Fiji has set to help meet its 2050 net-zero target, will contribute to enormous emission reductions, and support long-term decarbonisation.
Setting milestones can help countries visualise how their net zero ambitions will be achieved. More importantly, these targets can track progress towards their net zero targets and promote accountability.
Engage with stakeholders: As mentioned, if stakeholders aren’t working on their own net zero targets, there is no chance the country will achieve it; everyone has to get stuck in. Countries like Canada and Germany have actively involved their communities to ensure everyone is on board to strengthen their net zero plans. They have been holding advisory panels, public-private local investment schemes and job reskilling programmes to fully understand the countries weaknesses when it comes to becoming sustainable. We would encourage every country to follow in these footsteps as everyone is responsible for their countries carbon footprint, not just world leaders.
Support other countries: Achieving net zero isn’t a competition between countries; you have to support one another. Implementing targets that will benefit your country but not others will not be beneficial in the long run; when developing and implementing net zero solutions, countries must make sure they are not negatively impacting others.
How can my business support my countries net zero targets?
Your business must know precisely what its country has stated as its net zero targets as your business will have to play a part to make sure these are achieved. Putting in your own milestones and net zero targets will encourage employees to carry out tasks to accomplish these, for example, switching to 100% renewable energy by 2024 is a great milestone to help your business achieve net zero.
How can eEnergy help?
At eEnergy, we can identify your carbon footprint through an energy audit and create a data-backed plan through our sister companies to reduce your energy consumption, making your organisation net zero. As energy experts, we have all the tools to help you achieve your business’ energy goals, starting with an initial meeting to determine your business’ energy portfolio.
From switching to LED lighting with the help of eLight, to real-time energy consumption monitoring from MY ZeERO; we are ready to support you.
To begin your net zero journey today, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 02476 997901 or reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org